Discrediting Atlanta Schools Will Punish Students

Written by Patricia Hawke for www.schoolsk-12.com

Atlanta School District Faces Severe Leadership Crisis
At the Clayton County schools in Atlanta, parents are worried about their children’s future while the school administration authorities find themselves trapped in a quagmire of distrust.  A regional accrediting agency has proclaimed the Clayton County Atlanta schools district as needing a complete change in leadership to have any hope of retaining its accreditation.  The CEO of the Atlanta based Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has issued a terse notice that the Clayton County Atlanta schools can expect to have their accreditation removed by September 1st if drastic changes are not implemented.
Discrediting is Disastrous
Discrediting would be disastrous for this member of Atlanta schools district.  It would throw into jeopardy all avenues of federal funding for the schools and throw a question mark over a student’s eligibility to be accepted into colleges. Scholarships would also be affected.
It’s not often that the agency strips an Atlanta school of its accreditation. In fact, in the past 10 years only one school district has had accreditation stripped away. No Atlanta school has ever had accreditation stripped away.  If the move  goes through – and it will, unless members of the schools board put aside their personal agendas and focus on the larger picture – it will be the first time  a Georgia school has slipped though the cracks.
The step to remove accreditation of Clayton County Atlanta schools has led to frantic efforts by Clayton County lawmakers, students groups and the Georgia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons.  These groups along with worried parents have been calling for all members of Clayton County’s board to resign with immediate effect to ensure that this Atlanta school district does not skip though the cracks and take its student body with it.
Atlanta Schools Students Will Suffer
Problems at this Atlanta schools’ district involve everything from corruption among members of the board, to a shoddily designed curriculum that’s not benefiting students.  Teacher morale is also reported to be low at this Atlanta schools’ district, and that’s hardly a surprise. You can’t expect to teachers to be highly motivated when one member of the school board fires a football coach for not handing over a game film featuring her child, while another board member lives it up at a hotel with school money.
The crisis at Clayton County schools has led to tensions between members of the school board and the public. At a recent board meting, visitors were made to pass through metal detectors and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
It’s a sad state of affairs that a member of the Atlanta schools’ district has let down its students so badly.  Students at these Atlanta schools risk having their futures in jeopardy if the move to strip Clayton County schools of accreditation does succeed.